The Producers

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Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night.

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I was blown away by the professional quality of the show. The acting, singing, dancing & comedic timing was amazing. I couldn't help but burst out laughing. I like how the “fake news” was brought in to connect it to today's audience. Damien was brilliant and I'm so happy to see him take the stage this time. He has so much talent tio share with us all. I love, love, love this show and the cast.

sweet - Sandra Araki


Shoko

Wow! What can I say about “The Producers” when I thought The Gem Theatre couldn't top the last musical I saw there? “Hello, Dolly!” … And that was only a couple of months ago. When I first saw “The Producers” at The Gem Theatre, I didn't know what to expect since I never saw Mel Brook's The Producers, the movie nor the musical before. I didn't know what the topic was about. But when I saw it, I was amazed at the high quality and professional, talented group of cast and crew that is truly a hidden gem at The Gem Theatre. This is more than a community theatre; it is truly a professional team of actors, musicians, and production staff. The actors were simply superb! Damien Lorton captured the essence of Max Bialystock. I couldn't imagine anyone else playing Max. His vocal power is awesome – so beautiful and energetic. Alex Bodrero as the meek, spineless accountant, Leo Bloom was nothing more than brilliant. The chemistry between Max and Leo is undeniably perfect; Leo is the yin to Max's yang. Both Lorton and Bodrero have great vocal skills. Claire Perry as the blonde bombshell, perky Ulla can belt out a tune or so. I have seen this show twice. Once with Robert Edward as Roger DeBris & Peter Crisafulli as Carmen Ghia; and once with Tim Klega as Roger DeBris and Tad Fujioka as Carmen Ghia. Each pair were excellent. However, I think the tall handsome Robert Edward as the gay director Roger DeBris made for a hilarious character. Both Fujioka and Crisafulli did a great job as the common law personal assistant, Carmen. One of the most hilarious characters of this show was Hitler-loving Franz Liebkind. I loved the line where he is defending Hitler by saying the BBC portrayed Hitler all wrong with lies and fake news. That was so funny. The other line that had me laughing was he said that it was a little known fact that Hitler was a painter and he could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon. What makes this musical so great is that not only are their principle leads very talented but they are backed by extremely talented supporting cast. This time, of Patsy Cline fame, Nicole Cassesso takes back stage as the director and producer of The Producers. The choreography by the team of Shauna Bradford, Heather Smith & Alan Collins was spot on. The talented Wally Huntoon's set design is practical and beautiful. The lighting is amazing thanks to Lighting Designer Jon Hyrkas. And Wig and Makeup Designer Emmy Fry is quite talented. And last but definitely not least, Ramzi Jneid is an awesome costume designer. Almost forgot to mention that the live 14 member orchestra sits on the second level of the stage, while most of the action takes place below on the first level. They are talented and have an acting role this time, playing Franz's bird friends. That is so funny. There are so many memorable songs and moments in this musical that I can't even begin to express my opinion on them. With many sold out houses, including this final closing day weekend, I hope you get to see The Producers at The Gem Theatre. A definite must-see musical for adults. Not suitable for children. Contains sexual contents, and adult theme and language. Recommended.

sweet - Shoko


Thomas deMartino

Every single player, from Harper's comic Nazi sympathizer-turned-spirited playwright Franz, to Perry's playful, seductive, yet vaguely innocent Ulla, to Edward and Crisafulli's precocious De Bris and Ghia — whose characters could be over-the-top caricature, yet come across as lovely, engaging, and passionate about their art – inhabit and breathe comic authenticity into their roles … But it's Bodrero and Lorton who truly knock it out of the park. Bodrero's Leo Bloom has vague shades of his recent neurotic “Bullets” scribe, but is considerably more fully realized — with his errant dreams of being a Broadway producer that his new friend and partner inspires him to grab and make his own. Tunes like “I Wanna Be A Producer.” “We Can Do It” and “That Face” showcase both his acting and considerable vocal talents. Lorton though … absolutely owns the role of Max Bialystock. After seeing this show, some audience members might ask themselves why they so rarely see him upon the stage, versus behind the scenes as director of so many of the Gem's productions. His comic timing and pacing is sublime, the breaking of the fourth wall and periodic meta references are inspired (somebody get that man a cocktail!) and his song-and-dance is on par with any player whom audiences have seen strut across that stage. It's a masterpiece of slapstick and satire, with phenomenal staging and performances by some of the best actors that the Gem has to offer. If there is a must-see in this 2018 season from One More Productions, “The Producers” is indubitably the one to watch.

sweet - Thomas deMartino - The Orange County Tribune - ...read full review


Leo Buck

Co-Directed by “One More Productions” Co-Founders, Nicole Cassesso and Damien Lorton (who also Co-Stars as the hyper has-been Impresario, “Max Bialystock”) the choreography comes gratis Shauna Bradford, Heather Smith and Allan Collins. Staying true to the show's entire celebrated and storied reputation, their new production is, without a doubt, something to be totally enthralled by!

sweet - Leo Buck - Buck-ing Trends - ...read full review


Deniella Litvak - The Orange Curtain Review

Max and Leo's relationship is the heart of the show. Once I saw Lorton and Bodrero perform together in the initial “Leo has a hysterical breakdown scene,” I knew I could sit back and relax because they play off one another brilliantly. Their acting and singing is also top-notch. Special mention goes to their performance of the physical comedy. Every fight, pratfall, and ridiculous walk brought the laughs.

sweet - Daniella Litvak - The Orange Curtain Review - ...read full review


Thomas deMartino

Every single player, from Harper's comic Nazi sympathizer-turned-spirited playwright Franz, to Perry's playful, seductive, yet vaguely innocent Ulla, to Edward and Crisafulli's precocious De Bris and Ghia — whose characters could be over-the-top caricature, yet come across as lovely, engaging, and passionate about their art – inhabit and breathe comic authenticity into their roles … But it's Bodrero and Lorton who truly knock it out of the park. Bodrero's Leo Bloom has vague shades of his recent neurotic “Bullets” scribe, but is considerably more fully realized — with his errant dreams of being a Broadway producer that his new friend and partner inspires him to grab and make his own. Tunes like “I Wanna Be A Producer.” “We Can Do It” and “That Face” showcase both his acting and considerable vocal talents. Lorton though … absolutely owns the role of Max Bialystock. After seeing this show, some audience members might ask themselves why they so rarely see him upon the stage, versus behind the scenes as director of so many of the Gem's productions. His comic timing and pacing is sublime, the breaking of the fourth wall and periodic meta references are inspired (somebody get that man a cocktail!) and his song-and-dance is on par with any player whom audiences have seen strut across that stage. It's a masterpiece of slapstick and satire, with phenomenal staging and performances by some of the best actors that the Gem has to offer. If there is a must-see in this 2018 season from One More Productions, “The Producers” is indubitably the one to watch.

sweet - Thomas deMartino - The Orange County Tribune - ...read full review


Leo Buck

Co-Directed by “One More Productions” Co-Founders, Nicole Cassesso and Damien Lorton (who also Co-Stars as the hyper has-been Impresario, “Max Bialystock”) the choreography comes gratis Shauna Bradford, Heather Smith and Allan Collins. Staying true to the show's entire celebrated and storied reputation, their new production is, without a doubt, something to be totally enthralled by!

sweet - Leo Buck - Buck-ing Trends - ...read full review


Deniella Litvak - The Orange Curtain Review

Max and Leo's relationship is the heart of the show. Once I saw Lorton and Bodrero perform together in the initial “Leo has a hysterical breakdown scene,” I knew I could sit back and relax because they play off one another brilliantly. Their acting and singing is also top-notch. Special mention goes to their performance of the physical comedy. Every fight, pratfall, and ridiculous walk brought the laughs.

sweet - Daniella Litvak - The Orange Curtain Review - ...read full review


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I was blown away by the professional quality of the show. The acting, singing, dancing & comedic timing was amazing. I couldn't help but burst out laughing. I like how the “fake news” was brought in to connect it to today's audience. Damien was brilliant and I'm so happy to see him take the stage this time. He has so much talent tio share with us all. I love, love, love this show and the cast.

sweet - Sandra Araki


Shoko

Wow! What can I say about “The Producers” when I thought The Gem Theatre couldn't top the last musical I saw there? “Hello, Dolly!” … And that was only a couple of months ago. When I first saw “The Producers” at The Gem Theatre, I didn't know what to expect since I never saw Mel Brook's The Producers, the movie nor the musical before. I didn't know what the topic was about. But when I saw it, I was amazed at the high quality and professional, talented group of cast and crew that is truly a hidden gem at The Gem Theatre. This is more than a community theatre; it is truly a professional team of actors, musicians, and production staff. The actors were simply superb! Damien Lorton captured the essence of Max Bialystock. I couldn't imagine anyone else playing Max. His vocal power is awesome – so beautiful and energetic. Alex Bodrero as the meek, spineless accountant, Leo Bloom was nothing more than brilliant. The chemistry between Max and Leo is undeniably perfect; Leo is the yin to Max's yang. Both Lorton and Bodrero have great vocal skills. Claire Perry as the blonde bombshell, perky Ulla can belt out a tune or so. I have seen this show twice. Once with Robert Edward as Roger DeBris & Peter Crisafulli as Carmen Ghia; and once with Tim Klega as Roger DeBris and Tad Fujioka as Carmen Ghia. Each pair were excellent. However, I think the tall handsome Robert Edward as the gay director Roger DeBris made for a hilarious character. Both Fujioka and Crisafulli did a great job as the common law personal assistant, Carmen. One of the most hilarious characters of this show was Hitler-loving Franz Liebkind. I loved the line where he is defending Hitler by saying the BBC portrayed Hitler all wrong with lies and fake news. That was so funny. The other line that had me laughing was he said that it was a little known fact that Hitler was a painter and he could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon. What makes this musical so great is that not only are their principle leads very talented but they are backed by extremely talented supporting cast. This time, of Patsy Cline fame, Nicole Cassesso takes back stage as the director and producer of The Producers. The choreography by the team of Shauna Bradford, Heather Smith & Alan Collins was spot on. The talented Wally Huntoon's set design is practical and beautiful. The lighting is amazing thanks to Lighting Designer Jon Hyrkas. And Wig and Makeup Designer Emmy Fry is quite talented. And last but definitely not least, Ramzi Jneid is an awesome costume designer. Almost forgot to mention that the live 14 member orchestra sits on the second level of the stage, while most of the action takes place below on the first level. They are talented and have an acting role this time, playing Franz's bird friends. That is so funny. There are so many memorable songs and moments in this musical that I can't even begin to express my opinion on them. With many sold out houses, including this final closing day weekend, I hope you get to see The Producers at The Gem Theatre. A definite must-see musical for adults. Not suitable for children. Contains sexual contents, and adult theme and language. Recommended.

sweet - Shoko